Nature was naked, and I was also


Nature was naked, and I was also. It was too lazy, soothing, and joyous-equable to speculate about. Yet I might have thought somehow in this vein: Perhaps the inner never lost rapport we hold with earth, light, air, trees, &c., is not to be realized through eyes and mind only, but through the whole corporeal body, which I will not have blinded or bandaged any more than the eyes. Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature!—ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness then indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent. Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating extasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is—nor what faith or art or health really is. (Probably the whole curriculum of first-class philosophy, beauty, heroism, form, illustrated by the old Hellenic race—the highest height and deepest depth known to civilization in those departments—came from their natural and religious idea of Nakedness.)
– Walt Whitman, A Sun-Bath—Nakedness

Images though to be of Whitman himself

Images though to be of Whitman himself

This entry was posted in General naturism, Naturist philosophy, Nudity in nature, Quotations, Women and nudity and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Nature was naked, and I was also

  1. Pingback: Nature was naked, and I was also | All Nudist

  2. Bear says:

    Beautiful photo, Naturist Philosopher! Also, I love Whitman and I have never seen those pics. Nice find!

    Peace ~ Bear

  3. sassycoupleok says:

    Nude in nature, it doesn’t get any better !! Great photo !!

  4. Kent Pavelko says:

    Whitman ? I thought this was the old guy from that DUCK show.

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